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Yisrael Hasson
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Date of birth 27 April 1955 (1955-04-27) (age 54)
Place of birth Damascus, Syria
Year of aliyah 1962
Knessets 17th, 18th
Party Kadima
Former parties Yisrael Beiteinu

Yisrael Hasson (Hebrew: ישראל חסון‎, born 27 April 1955) is an Israeli politician and former Deputy Director of Shin Bet. He is currently a member of the Knesset for Kadima.

Biography

Hasson was born in Damascus in Syria, and made aliyah to Israel at the age of seven. He has served in Shin Bet for twenty-three years, and is considered a celebrated agents' recruiter and operations leader. He was involved in the negotiations behind the Wye River, Taba, and Hebron agreements, as well as Ehud Barak's negotiations in Camp David. He has also been Israel's envoy to Arab countries on numerous occasions. During his last position in the Shabak, he was nominated as its Deputy Director, under Ami Ayalon.

In 2000, after Avi Dichter was preferred over him as Shabak Director, Hasson resigned from the organization and entered business. He founded the Hasson Energy company which delivers fuel to factories and gas stations in Israel's north, and also traded with the Palestinian National Authority. He was voted into the seventeenth Knesset in the 2006 elections.

In 2006 Hasson proposed a Knesset bill which require the internet websites to identify and tag every talkbacker who clicks on the talkback button, stating "I'm not seeking censorship... I only want people to know they must take responsibility for the words they write – just as they are responsible for what they say before a live audience."[1]

In November 2008, Hasson left Yisrael Beiteinu to join Kadima. The immediate reason, while not official, is generally believed to be Lieberman's statements condemning Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.[2] Placed twenty-fifth on the Kadima list, Hasson retained his seat in the 2009 elections.

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